Spectrum Health United Hospital Maternal Infant Health Program receives grant from Greenville Area Community Foundation

Newborn Lincoln Kutzli gets a loving kiss from his mom Jenelle. The name Lincoln is a newcomer to the Top 10 Baby Names List released each year by the Family Birthplace at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat)

Spectrum Health United Hospital’s Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) received a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation for $15,000 to provide car seats and safety education to families enrolled in the program.

United Lifestyles Maternal and Infant Health Program (MIHP), a Medicaid-funded program designed to help high-risk pregnant women have healthy birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality, plays a leading role in community distribution of car seats and safety education. MIHP serves approximately 200 families each year. Families enrolled in the program may be eligible for a car seat based on their individual needs.

United Lifestyles Child Passenger Safety Program for MIHP is an important investment for community safety. By providing access to lifesaving car seats, and education on childhood safety, children will be protected from injury and death in motor vehicle crashes. Education and proper use of child safety seats influences Montcalm County’s crash data and saves lives of innocent children.

“We found hands-on education is a vital component of the United Lifestyles Child Passenger Safety Program,” said Norma Sower, program director. “Certified technicians work directly with caregivers to help select, install and adjust safety seats for proper fit. We are so grateful for the Greenville Area Community Foundation’s support through this special grant.”

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,400 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with 783,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 25,600 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This is the sixth time the organization has received this recognition.
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